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Mortal Sword
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As depicted in Cassandra Jean's tarot deck

Also Known As: Maellartach
Soul Sword
Angel Blade
Original owner/s: Angel Raziel
Current owner/s: The Clave
Location: Silent City
Type: Mortal Instrument

The Mortal Sword, also known as the Soul-Sword, Maellartach, and Angel Blade, is the second of the Mortal Instruments given by Angel Raziel to Jonathan Shadowhunter. It is an important artifact among Shadowhunters.

Description Edit

The Soul-Sword is kept by the Silent Brothers in the Silent City, hung on the wall above the Speaking Stars in the Silent Brothers' council chamber.

The Sword is an enormous silver sword, shaped like a typical arming sword from Jonathan Shadowhunter's period. It has a straight double-edged blade and a one-handed hilt, made of pure adamas[1], with an elaborate design of outspread wings, emerging from the point where blade meets handle.

According to Clary Fray, the Sword is agonizing to bear. Its weight and coldness, giving the holder a tingling sensation, as if hooks embed their hands onto the sword, contributes to the mental pain truth compulsion it triggers.

Function Edit

Mortal sword

The Sword hanging above the council chamber in the Silent City.

The Soul-Sword is primarily used to compel Nephilim to tell the truth, mostly during trials. Shadowhunters who wish to have their claims tested and proved may submit themselves to "trial by the Sword," during which a suitable judge, often a Silent Brother, sometimes the Consul or Inquisitor, wields the sword and places it in the hands of the deponent, where it adheres and cannot be removed until the judge wills it.

Downworlders and mundanes cannot be compelled by the Soul-Sword, thus preventing the Sword from becoming used by the Shadowhunters as a general tool for interrogation.[2]

The Sword can also have a dark purpose, if intended. Originally, the alliance of the Soul-Sword is seraphic, its power drawn from Angel Raziel himself. However, Valentine Morgenstern discovered a way to reverse the alliance from angelic to demonic, through a process called the Ritual of Infernal Conversion, where the Sword is seethed until red-hot and cooled four times in the blood of Downworld children: a child of Lilith, a child of the moon, a child of the night, and a child of the fey. With its demonic alliance, the Sword can be used to summon demons and allows its bearer to have control over them.

History Edit

In 1878, the Sword was used on Charlotte Branwell and Benedict Lightwood during a trial. Charlotte later had Brother Enoch bring it to the London Institute to question Jessamine Lovelace.

In 2007, Clary Fray saw the Sword when she came to the Silent City.[3]

Some weeks after, it was stolen by Valentine Morgenstern in his attack of the Silent City with the help of the Greater Demon Agramon, the evening before Jace's trial by the Sword.[4] Valentine stole it for the Ritual of Infernal Conversion, which he was able to successfully perform, allowing him to build an army of demons to summon weeks later at Idris. He also used the Sword to kill Jace and summon Raziel.[5]

The same year, the Sword was used to question Clary, Emma Carstairs, and the five younger Blackthorn children on separate occasions.[1][6]

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